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$5.25 Million S.C. BlueCross Foundation Grant Will Centralize Support for South Carolina Free Medical Clinics

News Release

May 4, 2012

Media Contact: Elizabeth Hammond, 803-264-4626

 

$5.25 Million S.C. BlueCross Foundation Grant Will Centralize Support for South Carolina Free Medical Clinics

 

Columbia, S.C. – The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation presented a check for $5.25 million to the South Carolina Free Clinic Association (SCFCA) here today, enabling the association to substantially increase assistance to 42 member clinics across the state by centralizing and implementing an integrated, multifaceted support system.

 

The system will include such functions as establishing a statewide certification program and special projects to implement statewide or regional efforts that would strengthen individual clinics’ capabilities.

 

“South Carolina’s free clinics have been taking care of our state’s uninsured citizens for years but they cannot offer quality healthcare services without support from our community, both locally and statewide. The BlueCross Foundation is pleased to present this $5.25 million grant that will be used for central support to collectively strengthen this large network of independent clinics,” said Harvey Galloway, the foundation’s executive director.

 

“The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an unparalleled ally in ensuring that low-income South Carolinians have access to the quality healthcare services they need and deserve,” said Amanda Berrier, executive director of the South Carolina Free Clinic Association. “This year’s award is unprecedented – it allows us to look beyond providing access to healthcare for our state’s uninsured, to being able to demonstrate as a network that the quality of care free clinic patients receive is allowing them to live healthier lives.”

 

The SCFCA will receive $1.75 million for each of three years, totaling $5.25 million.  (See list of member clinics below)

 

This was the fifth of seven events that the foundation is hosting around the state to present its latest round of grants and honor the recipients in front of community and business leaders along with other dignitaries. Since the foundation was established in 2003, it has allocated more than $37.8 million in South Carolina to address issues such as childhood health, community health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, nursing and health research, and the increasing need for free medical clinics.

 

About the South Carolina Free Clinic Association

Founded in 2001 under the umbrella of the S.C. Hospital Association, SCFCA is now an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization that provides training and technical assistance, research, resource development and advocacy to free clinics throughout South Carolina. SCFCA represents and supports our state’s network of more than 40 Free Clinics, which provides comprehensive health care to the uninsured.

 

About the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation (www.bcbsscfoundation.org) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote the health of South Carolinians and to expand access to health care in South Carolina for the economically disadvantaged by supporting integrated research, education and community service.

 

South Carolina Free Clinic Association Member Clinics

United Christian Ministries- Abbeville

Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County

Anderson Free Clinic (+ Honea Path satellite)

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic

Beaufort-Jasper VIM

Live Oak Free Health Clinic - Berkeley

Clemson Free Clinic

Community Impact for Christ - Dorchester

Community Initiatives, Inc. - Greenwood

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County

Crisis Ministries Health Clinic - Charleston

Dillon Free Medical Clinic

Dream Center Clinic – N. Charleston

Edisto Indian Clinic – Dorchester

Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County

Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County

Friendship Medical Clinic (Conway)

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic - Beaufort

Good Samaritan Medical Clinic - Chester

Good Shepherd Free Clinic - Laurens County

Greenville Free Medical Clinic (+ 3 satellites)

Greenwood Free Clinic

Harvest Free medical Clinic - Charleston

Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic - Mullins

ICNA Relief Shifa Clinic - Mt. Pleasant

Joseph Sullivan Center - Clemson

Le Clinica Del Buen Samaritano - Richland/Lexington

Live Oak Free Health Clinic - Moncks Corner

Mercy Medicine Clinic - Florence

Mercy In Me Free Clinic – Chesterfield

Palmetto Volunteers in Medicine -Rock Hill

Peachtree Medical Clinic – Seneca

Rosa Clark Free Medical Clinic – Seneca

Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County

Smith Medical Clinic - Pawley’s Island

St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic - Spartanburg

Sumpter Free Clinic - St. Stephens

Taylors Free Medical Clinic

The Free Medical Clinic, Inc. - Columbia

Volunteers in Medicine - Hilton Head Island

Woodruff Free Medical Clinic

The Early Learning Partnership of York County

 

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